<<Forgive my ignorance; the UNA is more labor based then or a separate affiliate for nursing issues?>>
United Nurses of America (UN
A) is a nurses division of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Labor Union and affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Its an active RN/LPN labor union and represents 60,000 registered and licensed practical nurses. Its affiliate union in Los Angeles - United Nurses Associations of California (UNAC) - is the nurses union that is suing Tenet Corp in California for millions of dollars in back wages for thousands of nurses that Tenet did not pay for working thru their breaks.
From its website: "Through UNA, RNs and LPNs can increase their knowledge and be involved in the decisions that affect the profession of nursing."
The other poster had good info about the lobbying efforts of that organization.
Similar in name but a different organization that I referred to in my post about Lobby Days is the United American Nurses (UA
N). (Notice the slight difference in the names). The United American Nurses (UAN) is also an affiliate of the AFL-CIO as well as an affiliate of the ANA. It is the national labor union for RNs only - and represents over 100,000 union RNs nationwide.
From its website: "Through the United American Nurses (UAN), Registered Nurses have an equal decision-making partnership with their employer/management; have the protection of nationally accepted practice standards; the ability to improve patient care; the right to negotiation of wages, benefits, and working conditions; effective, proven methods for arbitration and grievance procedures; and a voice in state legislatures, governors' offices, the U.S. Congress, and the White House."
The one that did the Lobby Day with the FILL THESE SHOES slogan was another labor union entirely - Service Employees International Union (SEIU)/1199. It represents RNs, LPNs, and most other healthcare workers. Powerful photos of the rally with the nurses shoes lining the steps of the Capitol Building can be viewed at its website: http://www.nursealliance.org